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RECENT EVENTS - Prom 29: Chopin, Franck, Saint-Saens & Casella

Friday 8 August 2014 - 6:30 PM

Proms 2014 Prom 29 David Goode © Graham Keutenius

Scheduled end time: 9:10pm

Casella
Elegia eroica 16'

Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor 38'

interval

Franck
Symphonic Variations 16'

Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 'Organ' 35'

Benjamin Grosvenor piano
David Goode organ

BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda
conductor

Casella's haunting 'Heroic Elegy', dedicated to the 'unknown soldier', continues our series of works written in the shadow of the First World War.

Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Benjamin Grosvenor, still only 22, returns for his fourth Proms appearance in Chopin's lyrical but virtuosic First Piano Concerto; he is also the soloist in Franck's Symphonic Variations – once a Proms favourite (performed here on 60 occasions), though it has been largely absent since the 1960s.

Saint-Saëns's 'Organ' Symphony continues the French theme. 'With it I have given all I could give,' the composer observed. 'What I did I could not achieve again.'